There may have been eyes popping as the red-clad runners kept coming … and coming … and coming to the finish line of the Tom Dickey Boone Central Individual Invitational Friday ta the Albion Country Club.
Aggressive over hills, smooth in the flats and strong in the final stretch run, Boone Central runners just kept striding home among the race leaders.
Although the meet is labeled an “individual” invitational, team scores were kept and Boone swept top honors in both girls and boys competition. Logan Spence was the overall boys winner and Kassidy Beister placed runner-up in the girls event. Spence (junior), Beister (sophomore) and Micah Cuevas (sophomore) were also top medalists of their classes.
“The Tom Dickey Invitational did not disappoint … both the girls and boys brought home first place honors, bolstered by some impressive individual efforts,” Acknowledged Cardinal Coach Stacy Petersen. “Micah led the boys and, in doing so, tied the school course record with a time of 17:33. It was a neck-and-neck race between Micah and Mcleoud of Elkhorn Valley … multiple times they were running side-by-side. The crowd responded at the end, cheering Micah on to a strong finish and convincing first-place medal.”
It was all Boone Central from there, with Spence and Zander Jarecki finishing just behind Mcleoud. Overall, the Cardinal boys had six runners in the top 16 to convincingly claim their first win of the season.
“This one felt good, as our boys have been just a point or two out of trophy contention … they deserved the victory and ran well as a team,” Petersen praised. “The girls also brought home team gold and placed multiple runners. Kassidy ran a personal best after fighting through an injury last week. Like the boys, the girls ran very well as a team … there were multiple personal bests and five runners in the top 15.
“As a coach, you want to see runners set new personal bests and have fun,” Petersen added. “Our girls went out and competed, and were smiling while doing it.”
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